Category: Writing A Book

Writing A Book: Software I Use Every Day

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I typed the first article I ever submitted by renting time on a typewriter at the public library. The typewriter was bolted to the table. By the time I wrote my first book, in 1972, I owned a typewriter, and not just a typewriter, but an IBM Selectric, the king of the hill in those days. Today, I type everything on my  »  Read More

Writing a Book: Systems, Through-lines, and Red Threads

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Writing a book is hard work, and it’s different from any other writing you’ve done. You may write the parts well and still mess up the book if you don’t pay attention to some very specific things that make writing a book different. The Book is a System The word “system” is bandied about a lot these days. So  »  Read More

Your Magic Book

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Years ago, I was at a police training conference and spending some time at the bar with my friend Dave Smith. Dave is legendary in the police training world for the character that he uses to illustrate his points, a fellow named, “Officer J. D. ‘Buck’ Savage.” Dave is also one of those people gets right to the  »  Read More

Writing a book: One thing that challenges first-time authors

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I love working with first-time authors. They’re bright and successful people who’ve been thinking about what should go in their book for a while. Most are also good writers. They could write their book themselves, but they’d rather work with an experienced partner who can help them make the book better. They want a  »  Read More

2 Questions that will Help You Write a Better Book

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When people contact me about possibly working together, they usually want to tell me what their book is about. Now, that’s invariably interesting, because the people I talk to are generally bright and they’ve thought a lot about this book that they want to write, but telling me what the book is about is not the most  »  Read More

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